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Buglips posted his tid bit about Juntos and that brought to mind that with winter cleared out it's time to prep for summer landscaping. This summer marks the beginning of our second year in this house and we are going to get neck deep in changing the front of our house to something much more pleasing and not so overgrown from the previous owners. Below is a picture of the front of the house taken before we bought the place. My kids and my buddy are busy painting the front porch. Yes, before I owned it we had to paint the porch and the foundation. It saved me about $7,000 on the price of the house in the end so no complaints here. Currently, there are MANY bushes out front surrounded by sun-bleached mulch that house starlings (or a pseudo-sparrow) that feast on box elder bugs living in the walls and/or under the porch out front. Once we remove all of that shrubbery, the plan is to place two Dwarf Burning Bushes or Purpleleaf Sand Cherry Bushes (which do something similar to the burning bushes just not as red and hold their color longer) and a mix of two or three flower bushes. Especially my old one if I can find any around here again: It's such a cool looking EVERGREEN plant. It's not a typical fir style bush but it stays green all winter. Looks great. Mix those bushes in with some mulch, some wrought iron hangers for hanging plants, a variety of planters, scatter some bird houses about and we should have a rocking front landscape.